Klopp: Salah deserves POTY award


Jurgen Klopp said he believes Mohamed Salah has a great chance of winning the Player of the Year award after another goal-scoring performance against Newcastle on Saturday.

The Egyptian international Salah scored his 32nd goal in all competition – and drew level with Tottenham’s Harry Kane on 24 Premier League goals as he scored the opener in the 2-0 win over Newcastle.

Kane and Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne are also in the running for the prestigious prize, although Klopp said Salah would deserve it if he won.

“There is no doubt Kevin de Bruyne plays a nice season and Mo plays a really good one as well – but not only him there are a few more players,” he said.

“A few people would mention Harry Kane is not too bad, Roberto Firmino is not too bad, David Silva plays an outstanding season. For sure I forgot a few.

“In our team, I like a lot what we did so far but I don’t have to make the decision.

“For me, (individual) trophies mean absolutely nothing but winning a title with a team is different.

“But I really respect it and if he can win this competition he deserves it.

“We have to make sure he can keep on going in this shape and be important in decisive areas and score goals for us.”

Salah was unlucky not to add further to his tally against the Toon after a late foul by Newcastle’s Jamaal Lascelles went unpunished, Klopp adding that the same player was lucky to stay on the pitch after an injury-time clash.

“The second one was obviously not a penalty but it was 100 percent a red card. How you cannot whistle a foul in that situation is quite a special view,” Klopp added.

“The other situation is a clear penalty with a foul on Mo Salah. You see it and think, ‘What?’ and you have to be quiet immediately.

“It is not important, football is a difficult game to whistle and sometimes it is clear and I think the last situation was clear.”